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Inexpensive souvenirs in Paris...Please tell me what you got.

Inexpensive souvenirs in Paris...Please tell me what you got.

Mar 9th, 2006, 10:48 PM
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My favorite inexpensive souvenir is from the gift shop of the Musee D'Orsay. A small gold pin that forms the Eiffel Tower out of the letters P-A-R-I-S. I had several requests to bring more when I returned.

I have found museum gift shops can be a good place for souvenirs and gifts. Bookmarks are easy to pack if you need to bring a number of small gifts home.

There are some great ideas here, I hope to return next year and search some of these out. I have been collecting the J.Gault inexpensive buildings for 10 years like you Luvparee. Now I have so many on the mantel of our corner fireplace they turn the corner.
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Mar 10th, 2006, 09:06 AM
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Well, they're consumable souvenirs, but I always bring back some coffee, herbes de provence, and homemade mustards from L'Epicerie (that's the actual name of the epicerie) on Rue St-Louis-en-Ile. I hope it's still there; I haven't been to Paris in 6 yrs but am going back in May.
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Mar 10th, 2006, 03:33 PM
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Hi Underhill,
Thanks for sharing about the limoge plates. I will definitely be visiting that shop!
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Mar 10th, 2006, 04:30 PM
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I bought some fabric (very French looking pattern) at BHV and made throw pillow covers and a table runner. I also got some tassels (also in the fabric department of BHV) which I put on the table runner and also hang from cabinet door knobs. The fabric was only a few euro per meter and easy to pack.
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Mar 10th, 2006, 07:01 PM
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Mar 11th, 2006, 07:08 PM
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Isabel: What and where is BHV? I quilt and would love to bring home some fabric too when I go to Paris next week! Thanks!
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Mar 11th, 2006, 07:19 PM
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I'm not Isabel but it is on the Rue de Rivoli close to the Hotel de Ville.
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Mar 11th, 2006, 07:24 PM
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BHV is a department store across from the Hotel de Ville (Bazaar Hotel de Ville = BHV). It's a great store. We especially enjoyed browsing through the lighting, bath and kitchen departments. (Lots of table linens, too).


As for gifts, I bought small bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar at Le Bon Marche's food market. I always carry extra ziplocks, so each bottle had its own bag for the trip home. Tucked into shoes and among my clothes they made the trip just fine.
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Mar 11th, 2006, 07:28 PM
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BHV is Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville, 52 - 56 rue de Rivoli, 1st Arr, across from Hotel de Ville.

The store is famous for its housewares, household gadgets, home goods, hardware etc.

It's open Mon thru Sat 9:30 to 6:30 and until 10pm Wed. There is a cafe on the basement level that is open till 8pm on Wed, not sure of closing time on other days.

Go, you'll love it!
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Mar 11th, 2006, 07:31 PM
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The basement is my favorite at BHV.
If only I had more luggage to fit it in.
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Mar 11th, 2006, 07:35 PM
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Strange as it sounds, I always bring back mustard and chocolates. DH and I slather the mustard on everything and my daughters and grandkids love the chocolate.
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Mar 12th, 2006, 03:15 AM
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Those little glass Eiffel Towers that light up when you put a battery in them, plus I always keep my metro ticktes, ( i keep bus and train tickets from every place i have visited since i'm 17)! I have quite a lot of them at this stage, which none of my family understand! but i only have to take them out and look through them and all my memories of that city come flooding back!
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Mar 12th, 2006, 03:33 AM
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Books and CDs every time I go.

Although this is not specifically Parisian, I found a sale in BHV at which I bought printed plastic tablecloth protectors (too big to call them placemats) in a pattern of leaves for 1 euro each.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 07:23 PM
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topping to hear of what others have bought...
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Apr 18th, 2006, 09:52 PM
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I've always found the best souvenirs on the quai between Tour Eiffel and Bir Hakeim metro station. Much is the same found elsewhere (for much lower prices), but a larger selection of more items. I love the pewter pieces. And the art work along the way is excellent (and cheap).

For artwork, though, I've had fabulous luck on the quai by Musee d'Orsay heading east. Last year, I walked a mile back to pick up a few (original looking) watercolors (€15 each, 2 for €25). They are a bit unusual in technique and I just love them now that they are framed and hanging on my walls. And the "bouqinistes" along the same stretch have an amazing variety of terrific "stuff".

I also love poking around in "used" shops (not quite antique). You just never know what treasures you'll find at very low prices. Once, we crossed the street for the shady side, and there was a tiny little shop of used items where I found a glorious Limoges kiosk for a few euros. At another, I found a magnificent clock which is on the wall in our kitchen.

I also love BHV and the kitchenware heaven shops for the perfect utensils/gadgets not available at home, and the grocery stores (especially Le Grand Epicurie) for things not available or much more expensive at home. For example, I always stock up on saffron, which you can buy in Paris in little capsules (one per recipe) so it keeps nearly forever. And, there's the special rosemary grinder (wood and glass) I found, which does a much better job than a mortar and pestal and looks so elegant on my kitchen island! Along with my Maille porcelain mustard jar and the crystal honey jar I picked up somewhere.

Montmartre is fantastic for shopping and just strolling. The fabric stores are magnificent. Last year, I picked up gorgeous lace for the windows, which can be just snipped to width and places on a rod (with beautiful "tops").

I like "souvenirs" that look fabulous around the house and remind me of the day I found them in Paris.
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Apr 19th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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My mom and I bought lots of fabric from the shops in Montmartre. There's a little boutique, Kazana, on the Rue straight down from Sacre Couer. My mom got a gorgeous scarf printed with elephants and a set of tiny elephant shaped candles. I think each was 35 euros.

The St. Ouen flea market was great. We went early and were loaded. I bought a woven bedspread of very thin cotton in perfect shades to match my living room - hot pink and bright orange. I got a silk scarf, for the shoulders. I got two different tote bags, one woven from India and another waterproof with leather straps for 15 euro each. My mom got some wonderful raffia and batik fabrics. And she got some wooden wall hangings and statues.

The flea market is great 'cause you can bargain for items.My favorite item is from one of those little malls along the Champs-Elysees: a stone incense burner in the shape of a lotus flower. I went back four days after seeing it and was glad to find it still there and discounted to 20 euros. The shape is so pretty!
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Apr 19th, 2006, 10:32 AM
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um, on my last trip I came home with a huge painting of Liza Minnelli that I found in some entirely random shop while wandering around.

I think it's safe to say I like unconventional souvenirs.
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Apr 19th, 2006, 10:32 AM
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I loved the flea market. I always get the tote bags that say Paris or France on them and I have never paid more than 5 euros each but that may be because I usually buy like 10 of them to give to people. (Oh and 1 for myself too ! he he)

I also buy bath sheets with Paris or France on it for my pool area. I have pool towels from every country that I have been to and even from places I visit here in the States. Like Key West, Chicago, NY etc.. It makes my pool areal look so cool !!! However, those aren't always so cheap usually 30 euros or so.

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Apr 19th, 2006, 05:32 PM
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Very inexpensive but useful everyday: a Paris pencil with refillable lead. It will last almost forever. Also, the little round compact mirrors sold along the the Seine. One side is regular, the other is magnifying. The covers have various Paris scenes. About 5E.
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Apr 23rd, 2006, 08:57 AM
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Galleries Lafayette! Combines designer and costume jewelry, accessories, etc
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